Many polls weren't even open when Dixville Notch and Hart's Location announced their results Tuesday. For 60 years, the two small villages in New Hampshire have observed a tradition of having the first Election Day ballots. In Dixville Notch, Obama defeated John McCain by a count of 15 to 6. Hart's Location reported 17 votes for Obama, 10 for McCain and two for write-in candidate Ron Paul. Independent Ralph Nader was on both towns' ballots but got no votes.
RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. You're still going to the polls in the rest of the country, but Dixville Notch has already announced its results. Obama 15, McCain 6, Ralph Nader 0. For 60 years, the northern New Hampshire village has been the first in the nation to vote just after midnight, and it makes sure everyone eligible casts a ballot. Like many in New Hampshire, voters in Dixville Notch go their own way. In 2004, George W. Bush got the most votes there. It's Morning Edition.
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